We were at the ECFI in Munich

European Conference on the Future of Internet -ECFI

In the past 17th and 18th of Setember 2014, we were attending the 2nd European Conference on the Future of Internet – ECFI . The event was taken place in the Research Centre of the TUM – Technical University of Munich, in Garching. Also on the second day there was a TechnoBruch at BMW Worldwhere it was discussed how the Future Internet will revolutionise the manufacturing sector and particularly the automotive industry.

The main objective of the event was to inform the advances that have been made ​​through FIWARE program and the launch of the FIWARE Accelerator Program. Starting this September, 16 accelerator projects will provide 80 million euros in direct funding through Open Calls for small and medium-sized enterprises that build innovative products, solutions and applications based on FIWARE technology, the pan-European open platform for the Future Internet.

The 16 Accelerators are distributed in different areas: eHealth, Smart Cities, Multimedia, Smart Manufacturing, Smart AgriFood, Smart Energy, Creative Industries, Social Interaction, Food Chain Logistics, Media & Content and Learning & Training.

More about #ECFI2 in: http://www.ecfi.eu/munich2014/

Mudamos o Escritório Para o Algarve Durante Dois Dias

Mudamos o Escritório Para o Algarve Durante Dois Dias

O Algarve é uma região do sul de Portugal, com 5 412 km². Perfeita para o verão, com muitas praias, lindas paisagens, e boa comida.

Com a finalidade de testar o nosso serviço de forma totalmente remota, decidimos criar um mini-projeto e mudar o nosso escritório para o Algarve durante dois dias. A experiencia não deixa de ser interessante, cheia de coisas boas e outras menos boas, que nos trazem muita aprendizagem e ideias para melhoria. O elemento de sucesso é sempre o mesmo, o cliente.

O desafio não é só dar suporte de forma remota, porque isso já acontece hoje em dia, o desafio é testar a nossa capacidade de mobilidade e avançar como programado nos projetos ativos que atualmente tem a empresa.

Quais são as nossas lições aprendidas? Muitas, deixamos aqui as mais importantes, para que possam servir de experiencia para outras iniciativas:

Toda a equipa deve definir as expectativas.
Todos os elementos da equipa devem definir as expectativas, mas para isso seguimos os seguintes passos:
a) Toda a equipa deve participar na experiência.
b) Confirmámos primeiro que todos sabem o verdadeiro objetivo da transferência de escritório.
c) Definimos uma expectativa geral como equipa.
d) Cada pessoa da equipa definiu as suas expectativas

Ligação a internet rápida e disponível.
Escolhemos uma ligação a internet, com todas as caracteristicas necessárias. Infelizmente, não tivemos muito sucesso. A ligação à internet que tínhamos não permitiu o suporte adequado. Em alguns projetos, certas reuniões tiveram que ficar como mensagens no Skype.

Seleccione as ferramentas mais eficientes.
Estamos habituados a trabalhar de forma remota, pelo que não tivemos de seleccionar nenhuma ferramenta nova. Skype, google docs, e a nossa aplicação de gestão de projetos PMISapp foram as mais utilizadas.

Mantenha o mesmo horário de trabalho.
O horário foi fácil de manter, pois a mudança ao Algarve não nos trouxe transtornos de horário. Os nossos clientes estrangeiros estão habituados ao nosso horário. Não tivemos problemas neste sentido, no entanto, é um ponto a considerar caso a experiência se repita no estrangeiro.

Viaje sem perturbar o horário de trabalho.
Nós escolhemos sair no dia anterior, e chegámos ao Algarve bastante tarde. O importante era estar antes do inicio do novo dia de trabalho. A equipa estava cansada, mas entusiasmada com a experiência. O ideal é viajar durante o fim de semana, e fazer a experiência a partir de uma segunda-feira. Tem de ter em conta a duração das viagens, e o transporte disponível.

A paciência é uma virtude a desenvolver.
O ambiente de trabalho não é feito só de tecnología, sempre temos material impresso importante no dia a dia. Faltaram alguns documentos, apontamentos esquecidos e ainda alguns post-its de trabalho. A única coisa a fazer é desenvolver a paciência, apontar os esquecimentos, guardar em formato digital algumas coisas, e seguir em frente.

Uma atividade de team-building
Esta é uma magnifica atividade de team-building. Os beneficios são muitos: melhora a comunicação, aumenta a motivação, permite-nos conhecermo-nos melhor uns aos outros, partilharmos estratégias, tudo isto num ambiente descontraído, diferente, enquanto realizamos o nosso trabalho.

Liberdade para criticar o projeto.
Tem de existir liberdade para criticar o projeto, caso contrario não se obtém a aprendizagem desejada. Durante estes dias a equipa conseguiu criticar de forma construtiva o projeto, melhorando assim a fluência do mesmo.

Foi uma experiência extremamente satisfatória… Quem sabe o destino … mas para o ano esperemos repetir!

How Can You Transform A Corporate Vice Into Good Habits Allowing More Growth To Your Company?

What is corporate vice?
This is the best definition of vice I found: “Vice is the habitual use of anything harmful to us”. Most of us associate the term vice to drugs, cigarettes or alcohol, but vices are present in most companies sometimes considered a normal attitude which makes this a problem very difficult to resolve.

There are many vices that we see at work, some of them are still enforced or awarded by bosses and colleagues at work … to name a few: aggression, ambition, greed, slander,
jealousy, anger, nonconformity, envy, slander, workaholic, lying, idleness, pride, abuse, vanity, games, interruptions, etc.. Many perhaps don’t even realize that, for example, aggression, workaholic, interruptions or playing at work are vices … many others even think they have no vices at all!. It is certain that vices are harmful to people who suffer them, and sometimes one or two of their vices darken their virtues.

Vices can kill a company. The behaviour of teamwork with vices is completely detrimental to the proper functioning of the company.

Teamwork’s customers, suppliers, friends and relatives start talking about the displeasure of working in this or that company, and when this kind of “marketing” starts, the result is often going out of business.

How to avoid corporate vices?
Vices must be treated as business diseases. Getting rid of them is difficult, complex and requires will. Hot to fight them?

  • Self-examination. The best way, without doubts, is starting with self-examination. At corporate level is necessary to evaluate all habits that are executed in the day-to-day activities.
  • Replace a vice with a good habit. This takes time, and must be done slowly, because is the better way of facing and defeating a vice. This habit must be part of the corporate best practices, enforcing its development in existing and new co-workers. One option could be to introduce the habit in the performing evaluation.
  • Discipline and rigor, are the key to transform vices into virtues.
  • Create a positive synergy in the workers that are incorporating renewed attitudes in their day-to-day habits.

Sometimes, the efforts are unsuccessful in the objective of eliminating vice from some co-workers. That being the case…is time to rethink the continuity of them in the company. Firing an employee for having inadequate behaviours can be, most of the time, the right thing to do, when chances were given to rectify that behaviours and that chances were not well accepted or used.

However, the worst danger is when the vices are present in the corporate’s top positions. The company never will reach the optimum development level, and sooner or later, the customers will start leaving by lack of professionalism and good behaviour.

“A business is successful to the extent that it provides a product or service that contributes to happiness in all of its forms.”Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Minimalistic Presentations: Focus The Audience’s Attention On You

We all know there are a lot of training courses about making presentations: ” how to make good presentations?”; “how to impact your audience with great presentations?”; and so on.

It is common in training courses, seminars and congress, to see the speakers using presentations with a high number of slides, and in many cases I have found they measure the duration of the event by the number of slides. Speakers invest most of their time in things like: choosing templates, decorating with forms (rectangles, squares etc), adding diagrams, graphics and images to complete the information. I know people who worked up to 5 days to create a two-hour presentation.

My point is: this is the worst kind of presentation you could possible make.

You have to invest your efforts teaching the audience about your topic and not making your presentation looking great.

The only thing that differences you from another speaker is the way you transmit your information. For that reason you have to focus the audience’s attention on you, on your words and not in your presentation.

So, here is how to make a minimalistic presentation:

  • Prepare good material for your audience, like an e-book. This kind of material can be distributed to the audience and serve as a support after the presentation. If you make a sales event you can prepare marketing material about your product.
  • Make your presentation with as few slides as possible. Check some presentations of Steve Jobs; he keeps his audience hanging on his words and in the product that he is presenting. Gary Vaynerchuk, for example, in the last FOWA event did a presentation with only one slide, “a contact slide”, during the event he spoke and focused the audience’s attention in his words, “a very excellent speaker”.
  • Teach your audience. Teach, explain, make exercises and keep your audience enthusiastic.

Make your next presentation with minimalistic approach, and it will stick around longer!!

The Emeteclass Manifesto: 2. People First

People are all of us…. customers, staff, vendors. People are the most important thing in life, people are family, business and society. It is human nature to engage one other, resulting in a better understanding of mutual needs and expectations. …

For a great business we need to focus on people every minute of the day. People are “goals”, “communication”, “business”, “delegation”, “feedback”, “learning”, “grow”, “business strategy”, “opportunity”, “rewards”, “recognition”, “collaboration”, “empowerment”, “influence”, “technology”, “energy”, “involvement”, “change”, “excelence”, “business”, “happiness”, “simplicity”, “work”, “passion”, “balance”, . Our philosophy is based on the premise that people’s points of view are more important than their titles. We treat people with respect, honesty, transparency and confidence.